How to Earn Contact Hours

Things to remember:

  • A contact hour is equal to one hour of time. This is not the same as traditional continuing education units (CEUs), which typically equal ten hours of participation.  

  • The table below assumes one hour spent in the activity equals one contact hour unless otherwise stated.

  • Recertification activities must be related to research administration (RA).

  • Activities performed as an expected part of your regular job duties cannot be counted as contact hours.

  • Documentation of all contact hours must be available for verification purposes. Please note that we will only accept post-live viewings for contact hour credit if they are accompanied by verifying documentation.

Current certificants: Click here to learn how to track your contact hours 


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ACTIVITY


CONTACT HOURS AWARDED


MAX HOURS PERMITTED FOR THIS ACTIVITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 
Participate in RA-related professional development meetings, programs, courses, or activities, including, but not limited to:

Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) national, section, and chapter meetings

National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) national, regional, and specialty meetings

Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R)

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One contact hour for every hour in an educational session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No maximum: all hours may be claimed

 

 

2

Prepare and present (solely or jointly) 60-90 minute presentation on RA-related topics at a professional organization meeting or in a webinar 

One contact hour per hour of presentation time; Two contact hours per hour (up to three contact hours) for development

No Maximum

 

 

3

Prepare and present (solely or jointly) a half-day presentation on RA-related topics at a professional organization meeting or in a webinar

One contact hour per hour of presentation time; Two contact hours per hour (up to eight contact hours) for development

No Maximum

 

 

4

Prepare and present (solely or jointly) a full-day presentation on RA-related topics at a professional organization meeting or in a webinar

One contact hour per hour of presentation time; Two contact hours per hour (up to 16 contact hours) for development

No Maximum

 

5

Prepare and present on RA-related topics on your campus (including for-credit courses)

One contact hour for presentation time; One and a half contact hours for development

No Maximum

 

6

Write a RA-related article for publication or prepare and submit an abstract, paper or poster to a professional organization

Five contact hours for a newsletter article; 10 contact hours for a journal article

No Maximum

 

7

Serve as a PI or Co-PI on a grant

One contact hour for every hour serving as a PI or Co-PI

Maximum of 10 contact hours per year


8

Attend a RA-related webinar or online course (live or post-live) *

One contact hour for each hour of participation

No maximum


9

Serve on a RA-related review committee

One contact hour for each hour of service

Maximum of five contact hours per year


10

Serve on or assist with a RACC committee

One contact hour for every hour of service

No maximum


11

Serve on a professional research organization’s committee or board

One contact hour for every hour of service

Maximum of five contact hours per year



12

Prepare a written program review of a research administration operation external to your institution 

One contact hour for every hour of service

Maximum of 10 contact hours per year


13

Participate in a site visit or program review external to your institution 

One contact hour for every hour of service

Maximum of five contact hours per year

 

14

Attend classes or complete a graduate-level certification program in research administration 

Three contact hours for each credit hour for the class

No maximum

 

15

Participate in institution-wide committee on research administration related topic at your institution

One contact hour for every hour of service

Maximum of three contact hours per year

 

16

Submit of multiple choice examination questions following the Item Writing Instructions (submit to [email protected])

One contact hour per five questions

Maximum of five contact hours (25 questions)

 

For live viewings that do not provide “certificates of attendance,” please provide proof of registration and/or participation. This could be in the form of the original email from the training sponsor with the viewing link you received upon registration. For post-live viewings (previously recorded webinars, on-demand virtual seminars, etc.) please provide documentation of the viewer's name, title of the post-live viewing, date it was viewed, and the length of the viewing. If viewing as part of a group, official departmental attendance confirmation with the above-listed details is acceptable. If viewing as an individual, official attendance confirmation from your supervisor with the above-listed details is acceptable.